Music – Monday
PE – Friday
Toy Day – Friday
Maths Week 2018 13-21 October
In honour of maths week 2018, below are some examples of what we have been learning this week in Maths. This week the aim is to make maths as fun and engaging as possible.
Maths Barrier Game using 2D shapes
To prepare us for making our Maths Eyes posters at home, we made some Maths Eyes pictures using various resources such as pegs, buttons, straws and cubes. We made some pictures, wrote questions and answers, and then we looked at each others Maths Eyes pictures.
Teacher Tracey has been teaching us all about pulse and rhythm. Here you can see one of our lessons where 4 children represent the pulse of the music, the other 4 children represent the rhythm. The rest of the class then sing the music using from the notations. You can also see Teacher Tracey keeping beat with her sticks so that we all sing together.
Using inspiration from the signs of Autumn we wrote acrostic poems using our names. We then wrote them onto leaf shapes and painted them in Autumnal colours using a pointillism technique. We hope you are as excited as we are to watch the seasons change on our trees.
This week we were learning all about how to do a project. We were learning about hedgehogs. We found some interesting facts about their habitat, diet, sleeping patterns and some other fun facts. We then made group projects about hedgehogs. We also made these cute Autumn hedgehogs and used some leaves, seeds and conkers from our nature box to bring the scene to life.
Rainy Day PE
This week we made the most of the rain and did some Cosmic Kids yoga in the classroom. We pushed back the tables and brought some yoga mats down to the class. We each had our own mat to do the yoga. Here you can see our Extended Side Angle Pose, and our Crab Pose.
This week Teacher Jacqui gave us a flowering plant that was looking limp and lifeless. We decided as a class that it might have needed water. The following day we noticed that the flowers were standing up taller and the plant looked a lot healthier. This got us wondering how plants absorb water. In order to explore this further, we put a piece of celery in a jar with food colouring. After a few days we noticed that the tips of the leaves had turned red and there were red lines up the stalk of the celery. We concluded that the celery absorbed the water with the dye through the roots which coloured the leaves red.
We couldn’t believe what we walked into this morning. We have 4 fairies that have set up camp in our class. Síofra the main fairy, Donncha, Fia and Oisín. Fia told us that she is a tooth fairy, so if we lose a tooth in school and can’t find it, she will! It appears they are using acorn shells and twigs from our nature box as chairs. They also left us a letter introducing themselves and thanking us for letting them use our classroom for the year.
Here are some photos from our maths stations. With Teacher Sinéad we used matchsticks to make 2D shapes with an assigned number eg. make a square using 12 matchsticks. With Teacher Keith we rolled 3 dice, we then added two dice and subtracted one from the total. This taught us the importance of putting the bigger number first. We also had an independent station where we wrote addition, number sentences using two dice.
Magic ‘e’ Bingo
In attempt to learn what a magic ‘e’ words was we decided to play a fun game of bingo using some magic ‘e’ words. After brainstorming a list of words on the whiteboard as a whole class we then picked 9 words each to write on our mini whiteboards so that we could play the game. If we had a word that was called, we covered it with a cube. The first person with all their words covered shouted BINGO!!! Make sure to ask your child what a magic ‘e’ word is. Hint – Some examples of magic ‘e’ words are lake, race and face.
Here you can see our “Walking Alphabet” this is a fun game using alphabet cards. Each child was assigned a letter. The group were then given a word that they had to make. You can see the progression in difficulty in our words. ink became sink, which became think, which we turned into thank, which we then made into thanks, which then became… Keith? Ok, maybe that one was done for selfish reasons..! But regardless, this was a fun way to practice spelling some tricky words.
This is our class dancing to one of our GoNoodle songs. We use GoNoodle for busy breaks when we need to get out of our seats and get our sillies out. The character we voted for was Om Petalhead who is now in stage two of her growth. For every 10 GoNoodle dances we complete, Om Petalhead undergoes a development where she grows in strength and size. GoNoodle is great for concentration, coordination and gross motor development, but best of all, it’s so much fun!!
This week we explored number stories within 20. We combined sets of cubes, dinosaurs, vehicles and colours. We then wrote addition equations to represent these stories. An example of one of our number stories was 5 dinosaurs and 7 cubes amounts to 12 objects in total. we learned that another way of writing this is 5+7=12
Sensory Walk In The School Garden
While reading George’s Marvellous Medicine and hearing of all the toxic ingredients he included in his medicine, we began discussing how we can identify different materials using our senses. We learned about our 5 senses and how we can use them to identify various materials. We then went on a sensory walk in the school garden to use our senses to explore the environment. We described things we could smell, touch, hear and see. We decided it was safest not to taste anything in the garden, but we did find some plants that we thought were edible.
George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
We are currently reading George’s Marvellous Medicine in class and were inspired by George’s toxic concoction. We decided to create our own versions of the Marvellous Medicine. To recreate Roald Dahl’s phrase “.. and as he stirred and stirred, many wondrous colours rose up from the depths and blended together, blues, greens, yellows and browns.” we used watered down paint and wet paint brushes to blend the colours together. We then wrote first drafts of our potions in our English copies and then re-wrote our medicine ingredients on our potion bottles.
Last week in art we drew portraits of each other. We sat opposite our partner and examined their face shape and facial features. We then sketched out our drawings before colouring them. When we were finished we mounted our portraits beside each other and labeled them
Welcome Back Everyone
I would like to begin by welcoming all of the children back to First class. I hope everyone enjoyed their first week back in school!!
Last week we learned the poem, “The Crayon Box That Talked”. We discussed that there was a secret meaning behind the poem and how in Keith’s Class, we use every colour in our crayon box. We then made a beautiful display for outside our classroom so that we don’t forget the message of the poem.
Please be sure to ask your child what the secret meaning of the poem is, and what the crayons represent to us.